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Oh snap. If you're in or around Orville Dam, get out now. Any where near the Feather River up there. Go now, get in the car and go. 
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This Month On G+

January was a busy month here at Google+, we introduced a number of updates and featured a host of awesome creators. If you missed anything, here’s a quick refresher. Enjoy!

Making G+ Work Better For You - From improved comment filtering to bringing back Events, we’ve listened to your suggestions and improved the G+ experience (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/aKkoS1RVMUV)

Best Practices For G+ Collections: Interested in developing and growing your Collection? This guide will help you share your interests with others. (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/3zBwGASw3LW)

Discover The Portrait Gallery Community: World class portrait photography from G+ members like yourself (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/7nZunbCJe9A)

#SuperBowlPlus - Check out this hashtag throughout the week to keep up with the Super Bowl festivities heading into Sunday’s big game.

All Star Wars. All The Time - Meet the chief curator of all things Star Wars on G+ and check out cool art from The Force - https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/JgQiNfGjCEQ

Are you interested in receiving updates more frequently? Check out G+ on Twitter, where we feature content from new creators every day! https://twitter.com/GooglePlus

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Today, Donald Trump marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with an order against refugees, and a statement that pointedly didn't mention Jews. It talks about horror inflicted on "innocent people;" it makes no reference to how those people were chosen, or why.

And given the executive order of the day, that omission seems far clearer of a message. Among other things, it bans all refugees for the next 90 days (at which point it may be renewed); bans all Syrian refugees indefinitely; and most significantly, bars all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, regardless of their visa status, for the next 90 days – the time required for the DHS to make a longer-term decision about this.

To clarify what this means, it means that anyone from one of those countries who is living in the US legally, even as a permanent resident, who was outside the country today cannot return for an as-yet indefinite period. (It may also apply to dual citizens, or to US citizens who were born in those countries; the text of the order is very unclear) I am personally aware of a few hundred people who are directly affected by this, at this stage: people who were out of town for one reason or another and are now separated from their homes and families. From some back-of-the-envelope guessing, I would say that there are at least 5,000 people who were affected today, possibly much more.

Rather impressively, even Dick Cheney described this as "[going] against everything we stand for and believe in."

On the radio today, they were talking about how Muslim communities are concerned about possible "civil rights issues" going forward, but they were rather limited in the concerns they raised. Korematsu is still the law of the land; never overturned, it held that the Japanese internment camps of the 1940's were legitimate exercises of executive power. Those won't happen tomorrow, because there's no extra PR vim in it, and it's still too soon; many people would remember and object. But two years from now, or three, when elections are starting to come up? Internment of nationals of various countries doesn't seem so far-fetched.

After all, Wednesday's orders around building a wall between us and Mexico included provisions to build and staff large detention centers next to them.

And both today's order and Wednesday's instruct the DHS to publish regular reports of crimes committed by immigrants, to remind us all of what we're being protected from. If you haven't read a report like this before, and your German is OK, look up back issues of "Der Jude Kriminell;" I added a scan of one below, although it's grainy.


Oh, the other picture? Those are eyeglasses. You can still see some of that pile at Auschwitz-Birkenau; they didn't keep all of it, they didn't have room. It's next to the giant pile of human hair, and the giant pile of baby shoes.

I just want you to remember what this day remembers.

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By Presidential decree, January 20th, 2017 has been named "National Day of Patriotic Devotion."

I shit you not. It is in the Federal Register, right here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/24/2017-01798/special-observances-national-day-of-patriotic-devotion-proc-9570

Our new government's propaganda department apparently has very twentieth-century tastes. I'm mentally interpreting this as an attempt to say "День все-страны преданности Родине" in English, possibly by a fluent but non-native speaker.

h/t to @kenklippenstein over at Twitter for spotting this.
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Sad day for most Americans but we should feel lucky we will wake up to a country with many freedoms. 
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#sky California rain.
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Trae Crowder, the Liberal Redneck, says goodbye and thank you to Obama:

Obama is an expert at "pissin' off shitty white people," -- "a 1st ballot Hall of Famer," and doing it "while being Black," that history will favor "as compared to the sentient tire-fires that have bookended his presidency"...

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Google acquires Limes Audio, a company building solutions that remove distracting noise, distortion and echoes that affect video conferencing

Google's Blog Post: https://blog.google/products/g-suite/welcome-limes-audio-g-suite/
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